Mtume – Juicy Fruit (1983)

Mtume – Juicy Fruit (Official Music Video)

Music video by Mtume performing Juicy Fruit. (C) 1983 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

“Juicy Fruit” is a song written by James Mtume and released as the lead-off single from Mtume’s third album, also titled Juicy Fruit. It features lead vocals by Tawatha Agee. The mid-tempo song is arguably Mtume’s most well-known, proving enormously successful on R&B radio stations when first released.

The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart on June 4, 1983 and remained there for eight weeks. Its success on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, however, was more modest, reaching number 45.

It was ranked at number 15 among the “Tracks of the Year” for 1983 by NME. The single remarkably became a certified one million seller on July 25, 1983 without even becoming a Top 40 hit. The song’s video had different lyrics, where they replaced “You can lick me everywhere” with “Candy kisses everywhere” so it wouldn’t be censored or banned from being seen on TV.

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  1. tony tony I was just about to comment that all these songs are the samples for some of the best rap records and hip hop music and the generation of hip hop right now don't even know that these songs were the originals, not the other way around. I hope your nephew eventually appreciated the education you gave him…….Just sayin'

  2. As a kid… My mother would clean up every night when my dad went to work and this song is one she'd take the broom and sing as if she was on stage. R.I.P momma, 8/23/19. Love you!

  3. that bed with the mirror headboard – that was considered very uber-sexual and naughty and bachelor pad back then. Back when porn had to be bought on the sly from special shops lol

  4. IMHO Tawatha Agee is like the female equivalent of Luther Vandross in terms of vocal flow, tone, and how she layers harmonies. See around 2:02 for an example. I imagine that's why LV used her skills so much for his albums and concerts.

  5. THIS is the real deal…when love was love. Not like this disrespectful way women and men treat each other today…these young ones need some of these old folks to tell them how when a woman respects you and vice versa, the love is 🧨!

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